Charles Andrew Kirchner
September 10, 1936 – September 20, 2016
Charles Andrew Kirchner, age 80, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.
A native Delawarean, Andy was born in Wilmington on September 10, 1936, and was the son of the late Andrew Edward and Mabel (Lewis) Kirchner. A proud veteran of the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Air Force and then continued his military career with the Delaware Air National Guard. Andy worked as an aircraft maintenance superintendent for the next 37 years, retiring in 1992 after achieving the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.
Active in his community, he gave of his time and talents as a former manager of the 5 Points Babe Ruth Baseball League. Andy was an avid golfer and loved boating. In his leisure time, he enjoyed coin collecting, computers, and genealogy research. Andy was a passionate sports fan and looked forward to cheering on both the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles each season. Above all else, he was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Andy was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Diane E. (Evans) Kirchner who died in 2013 and sister, Madalene Beiriger. He is survived by his sons, Roy A. Kirchner (Stephanie) of Bear, DE and Richard L. Kirchner (Alice) of Elkton, MD; grandchildren, Desirae (Wilson), Amanda (Jeff), Marissa (Cory), Roy Jr., Casandra (Dylan), and David; and great grandchildren, Dylan, Riley, Lucas, and Ava.
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to nurses, Virginia Gray and Tyeisha Lyles and aide, KeAundra Gardner, all of Seasons Hospice for the exceptional care each of them provided to Andy.
A funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home of Newark, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. Interment with military honors will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Andy’s memory may be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899 or Seasons Hospice of Delaware, 220 Continental Drive, Ste. 101 Newark, DE 19713.